July Trout Lake Tracker: Bring on summer!

Wildlife and visitors are making their way to their favourite R&R locations around the province, and Trout Lake is no exception.

Wildlife and visitors are making their way to their favourite R&R locations around the province, and Trout Lake is no exception. Lake levels remain high so there’s not much beach to park your chair on just yet, but recreational activities are gathering momentum as the weather has finally popped into summer mode. Don’t forget the ultimate summer combo – sunscreen and bug spray!

The Trout Lake Community Club (TLCC) held an Extraordinary meeting on Saturday, May 18. With another good turnout of 34 members, President John Wall tabled old and new business matters, some of which were followed by related discussions.

A proposal was submitted to the membership to consider building a roof over the back porch and storage door at the Community Hall. Letters have since been sent out to potential contractors to bid on doing the work. If you or anyone you know would like to participate, please contact John or Linda Wall at 250-369-2222 or tlcc@troutlakebc.net for details about the project. The closing date for submissions is July 31, 2013.

On a soggy morning in June, the Arrow Lakes Historical Society, from Nakusp, stopped in to visit Trout Lake. Joined by Linda Wall, Rosemarie Parent guided her group of 17 history buffs as they explored the cemetery and took a wander through the townsite. Rosemarie kindly donated to TLCC a schematic of structures and a corresponding document of the Trout Lake townsite dating back to 1930. Both are on display at the community hall. She also presented TLCC with a signed copy of the ‘Circle of Silver’ as a thank you for their use of the town’s facility.

The Annual General meeting of the Trout Lake Community Club was held on Saturday, June 29, at which 23 members attended. As a special resolution is required by a vote to allow any increase in the TLCC membership fees, there will be no increase from the current cost of $5 per person for 2013. If accepted, the increase to $7.50 each will be in place on July 1, 2014.

Elections were held for the TLCC Director positions. John Wall stepped down as president after eight terms. He noted that his mandate was to revitalize the community hall and that task has been completed. John thanked the membership and the directors for their support and their involvement with TLCC, and has chosen to continue as a director. Carrol Christiansen has taken on the president’s position and the remaining board members will stay on for another term. Linda Wall volunteered to continue as Community Hall and Membership Directory Coordinator.

A nomination was put forward to select Ken and Carrol Christiansen as TLCC Lifetime Members, which was unanimously accepted. Ken served as TLCC President from 1984 to 1989 and is currently the volunteer Trout Lake Fire Chief. He and Carrol are also regularly involved with community projects and events. Congratulations, Ken and Carrol!

Trout Lake is awaiting the assembly and placement of the Trout Lake welcome sign, due to be completed this summer. A crew will assist John Todds, who constructed the sign, in setting the concrete pillars and raising the hand-carved wooden sign.

A fundraiser Karaoke and Dance night took place on June 29 at the Community Hall. Many in the crowd of around 30 people eagerly showed off their talent behind the mic and kept the dance floor hopping. Thanks go out to Keith Thomas and Krys Barnwell for organizing the successful event, and we hope they are open to more ‘talent nights’ during the summer months.

Trout Lake BC Internet Society (TLBCIS) President, John Wall reports that an inspection of the Dillon Mountain repeater site has been completed, and there are some small maintenance issues needing attention this summer. The Beaton site is operating very well, while the Pingston site is to be inspected in early July.

Mark your calendars! It’s time to rummage through your attics, basements and sheds! The TLCC Garage and Bake Sale will take place at the Trout Lake Community Hall during the August long weekend, Saturday and Sunday 9 ‘til noon.  If you have any items to donate or could volunteer some time, please contact Linda at 250-369-2222 or LindaWall@troutlakebc.net.  No electronics or clothing, please.  All proceeds support community projects and events.



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